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Advocacy & Policy

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) works with policymakers and other leaders to advance policy priorities that strengthen the nation’s health and well-being.

Through policies that affect health care delivery, research, education, health equity, and more, the federal government is a key partner in sustaining the vitality of the nation’s academic medicine ecosystem, which is essential to improving the health of all.

Confronting the Mental Health Crisis: The Value of a Team-Based Approach

On October 11, the AAMC held a virtual congressional briefing outlining the potential benefit of integrated behavioral health models.

AAMC Policy and Priorities



AAMC-member institutions endeavor to prepare a diverse medical research workforce and champion an environment where medical discovery can flourish. This strong commitment is key to innovation that benefits patients.

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Clinical Care

AAMC-member teaching hospitals and faculty physicians cultivate and provide high-quality health care, especially for complex and vulnerable patients -- many of whom are unable to receive care elsewhere.

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Investing in Healthier Communities

Academic medical centers serve at the crossroads of community health, health equity, and population health and are actively working to prevent and address persistent public health challenges.

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AAMC-member medical schools and teaching hospitals play a crucial role in preparing future physicians who help create a healthier future for all with innovative graduate medical education.

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Washington Highlights

Washington Highlights is a weekly newsletter that provides updates on the latest legislative and regulatory activities affecting academic medicine.

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On Aug. 24, the Department of Education announced a multifaceted plan to provide student debt relief, including extending the pause on student loan payments.

  • September 9, 2022
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Education Secretary Miguel Cardona announced on Dec. 22, 2021, that the suspension of student loan payments and interest accrual has been extended until May 1.

  • January 7, 2022
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On Sept. 23, the AAMC submitted comments to the Department of Education on the importance of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program and how to improve it.

  • September 30, 2021
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Washington Highlights

The AAMC and other health professions education groups endorsed the POST GRAD Act, which would reinstate Federal Direct Subsidized Loans for graduate students.

  • July 30, 2021
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The AAMC joined 10 higher education groups in urging Congress and the Biden administration to eliminate origination fees on federal student loans.

  • April 23, 2021
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The AAMC submitted comments to the Senate HELP Committee on policies that can improve the training of the nation’s health workforce.

  • April 16, 2021
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Washington Highlights

Rep. Carolyn Maloney introduced legislation on April 8 that would forgive all student loans for COVID-19 frontline health workers.

  • April 9, 2021
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The AAMC endorsed bipartisan legislation that would provide $5 billion in emergency funding to the National Health Service Corps.

  • January 28, 2021
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Washington Highlights

On his first days in office, President Biden signed executive actions related to racial equity training, anti-discrimination measures, DACA, and student loans.

  • January 22, 2021
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On Dec. 3, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos extended the suspension of student loan payments and interest accrual through Jan. 31, 2021.

  • December 11, 2020
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Advocacy Caucus and Coalitions

The CAMC is a bipartisan group of Members of Congress that seeks to promote and recognize the important role that medical schools, teaching hospitals and faculty physicians play to improve the health of people everywhere.

The Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research supports enhancing the federal investment in the biomedical, behavioral, and population-based research conducted and supported by the NIH.

The FOVA is a diverse coalition representing national academic, medical, and scientific societies; voluntary health and patient advocacy groups; and veteran-focused associations.

The HPNEC advocates for continued support for the health professions and nursing workforce development programs critical to providing continued services to underserved and minority communities.

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AAMC Action – Let’s Raise Our Voices Together

We are a community of students, residents, researchers, faculty members, physicians, and others who advocate on behalf of academic medicine to improve the health of people everywhere.

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